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AGC San Diego Opens
Fall Protection Campus to
Highlight "Safety First"
HANDS-ON TRAINING VITAL TO SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM
BY BRAD BARNUM
VICE PRESIDENT GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
AGC SAN DIEGO
ON JULY 28, 2015, AGC San Diego celebrated the opening of its new
state-of-the-art Fall Protection Training Campus. The Occupational
Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) cites falls as the leading cause
of deaths in construction, and AGC built the campus to raise the training bar for contractors, and help ensure workers are better prepared.
Injuries and fatalities are unacceptable, and safety must come first.
AGC teamed with local members of the Safety Committee and
experts from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers to provide the design and introduce the latest
equipment and expert instruction. The hands-on training is structured around realistic simulators that enable participants to navigate
real-world construction settings in a safe environment, including: a
steel tower, pitched roofs, various wall form systems, steel and wood
column forms, concrete forms, and multiple rebar cages. The campus
also includes confined space simulators, and AGC provides a number
of confined space courses as part of the curriculum.
"Safety and education are top priorities for AGC and its contractors, and public and private owners appreciate and understand the
importance of an effective safety program," says Walt Fegley, 2015
AGC San Diego president and president/COO of Reno Contracting,
Inc. "This campus is a significant investment for the safety of the
construction industry's most vital asset ... the workforce that builds
the region's infrastructure."
San Diego County supervisor Ron Roberts, who attended the opening ceremony with more than 30 other elected officials and public
agency representatives, says he appreciated the AGC's expanded commitment to the extensive safety precautions undertaken by contractors:
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"As we continue to improve the region's infrastructure, it is imperative we remain focused on protecting the workers who build these
projects," says Roberts.
With the recent surge in construction, the industry can expect more
craft workers on jobsites throughout San Diego County, and many of
those workers will be apprentices. "At the end of the day, all I want
as an employer is for our people to go home safe to their families and
loved ones," says Thomas L. Brown, president of Sierra Pacific West,
Inc., chair of AGC's Apprenticeship Trust and chair of AGC of America's
Highway and Transportation Work Zone Safety Committee.
This campus is a "game changer," says Vince Hundley, AGC's director
of safety. "There is no margin for error in the application and use of
fall protection equipment. A worker that trains in real life simulations
is going to retain much more than those trained in a classroom setting
only." Journeymen and apprentices that successfully complete the
courses will be given a certificate that recognizes the high level of
training that has been completed in fall protection and confined space.
AGC's board of directors thanks AGC's Safety Committee for the
vision of the Fall Protection Training Campus, the AGC membership
for the significant investment and Rocky Coast Builders, Inc., Rossin
Steel, Inc., and Casper Company for the construction. Congratulations
on a job well done!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2015
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Workforce Shortage Report: Western Region
Taking Off: The Unique Nature of Airport Construction
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AGC San Diego Opens Fall Protection Campus
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Constructor - November/December 2015